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"When life gives you lemons, make lemon drop martinis!"
The next time you plan a summer cocktail party, be sure to include this beautiful, smooth and refreshing creation, the Lemon Drop martini. This delectable, retro drink, which became popular in California in the '70s, adds the perfect sparkle to a Mississippi get-together. As we all have come to realize, making things easy—in other words, ahead of time—makes for a more enjoyable event for hosts and guests alike. Lemon Drops can be mixed, placed in a pitcher and kep cold until guests arrive. Martini glasses should be chilled in advance.
Lemon Drops featuring unflavored vodkas will work as seamlessly with this recipe. Experiment and find your favorite variation. Regardless, Lemon Drop martinis will refresh your guests' palates with the perfect combination of a tart lemon taste plus a hint of sweetness. Just be cautious, as they are delectable and go down easily, so pace yourself.
This recipe is for one drink. Multiply according to your guest list.
Lemon Drop Martini
1½ ounces citrus flavored vodka
½ ounce simple syrup
Splash orange liqueur
Splash sweetened lime juice (such as Rose's brand)
½ ounce sweet-and-sour mix
1 freshly squeezed lemon
Run a lemon wedge along the rim of a chilled martini glass and dip glass into superfine sugar. Fill martini shaker with ice. Add all ingredients and shake well. Strain into sugar-rimmed martini glass and garnish with a lemon twist.